Downtown Phoenix offers plenty of options for Valentine’s Day

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Valentines Day is fast approaching, and for those still searching for a place to go, there is no shortage of trendy restaurants scattered around the downtown area. Lovebirds looking for a romantic ambiance while spending the night out with their sweetie can find many restaurants that fit the bill.

Address: 5223 N. Central Ave.
Closest light-rail stop: Central Avenue and Camelback Road

Windsor serves a variety of food at decent prices. Most items on the menu are classic meals like a bacon cheeseburger or a fish sandwich or their more expensive counterparts, steak and salmon.

You and your date can dine on a variety of starters or salads for less than $11, and main dishes are less than $20.

You don’t have to go far for dessert. Next to Windsor is an ice-cream shop called Churn.

“Ice cream is always good for date night,” said Kim Jones, a Churn employee.

This year will be Windsor’s first Valentine’s Day since it opened in April 2011. The restaurant will be decorated with roses for the occasion but has yet to decide if it will be offering any drink or food specials, bartender Matty Helland said.

Address: 5144 N. Central Ave.
Closest light-rail stop: Central Avenue and Camelback Road

If you’re looking for a little more class, Postino is the place to go. It isn’t offering any meal specials, but luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can get a bottle of wine and a board of bruschetta for $20.

It may not sound like much, but a board of bruschetta could easily be a small meal, even when you’re splitting it with your significant other. With 11 different options for bruschetta toppings, there’s something for everyone.

St. Francis
Address: 111 E. Camelback Road
Closest light-rail stop: Central Avenue and Camelback Road

St. Francis is all about comfort and sensibility. All the food is cooked in a wood-fired oven, and it changes depending on the season so the ingredients are fresh. St. Francis has a much more casual and laid-back atmosphere than Postino or Windsor.

“It’s not stuffy,” director John Rothstein said. “The times of white table cloths, rose petals and chocolate dipped strawberries are behind us.”

St. Francis will be serving off a special menu over the Valentine’s Day weekend — Saturday through Tuesday — and will be taking reservations for Sunday and Monday nights. A limited number of reservations will be available for Friday and Saturday nights.

Rothstein predicts that Valentine’s Day, and the weekends before and after, will be extremely busy, so making a reservation is recommended. Wait times can be up to an hour and a half. Reservations can be made online at, and Valentine’s Day information will be posted there as well.

Bliss ReBar
Address: 901 N. 4th St.
Closest light-rail stop: Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street

Bliss ReBar is another downtown spot for a more casual night out. Bliss puts a fun spin on ordinary meals, like adding pears to its grilled cheese and bacon and chicken to its macaroni and cheese, along with serving mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes.

Bliss is getting in to the spirit of the holiday with some decorations and plenty of drink specials.

Address: 603 N. 5th Ave.
Closest light-rail stop: Central Avenue / 1st Avenue and Van Buren Street

Cibo, with its patio lit by strings of lights and low-lighted dining area, offers a more romantic atmosphere for your special night out.

Cibo’s authentic Italian meals are made to share. Couples can easily split a pizza or a bowl of pasta. The cost of a pizza ranges from $10.50 to $16.50. Pasta bowls are a little more expensive and can cost up to $19, depending on the pasta and the size.

Drinks other than wine are about $2. Desserts are $5 to $8.50 but can easily be split between you and your sweetie.

Be warned: Cibo doesn’t split checks, and gratuity is included for parties of six or more.

Hula’s Modern Tiki
Address: 4700 N. Central Ave.
Closest light rail stop: Central Avenue and Camelback

If you’re not a fan of Valentine’s Day and are looking to avoid it and spend some quality time with friends instead, Hula’s is having its own Anti-Valentine’s Day.

“No specials, no fancy dinners, nothing,” said Hula’s employee Kyle Gossen.

The Duce
Address: 525 S. Central Ave.
Closest light-rail stop: 1st Avenue and Van Buren Street or Jefferson and 3rd streets

The Duce is celebrating Valentine’s Day a little differently. It’s going to be less romantic, a little more retro, and certainly relaxed and fun. The Duce is going to open up the dance floor for couples to get their swing on.

Singles are welcome to come as well to meet their match or just have a good time. The boxing ring will also be open for couples to put on some gloves and duke it out.

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  1. Article should read “Central Phoenix” instead of “Downtown Phoenix”, since 4 of the 7 restaurants on the list are in Uptown.

    For a couple more options in Downtown, check out the special Valentine’s Day menus at The Breadfruit, The Arrogant Butcher, and Province.